Have you ever considered creating custom furniture pieces using cabinets? Most of us think of cabinets as boxes that are permanently fixed to the wall in our kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Today we can do so much more with these ‘boxes’. In this blog, I will share some reasons you might want to consider using cabinets to create furniture-style pieces.
Let Us Count the Reasons
You may be asking what is the benefit of using cabinets to create furniture pieces? For one thing, you will have more finish options to match the cabinets in your home. In addition to the paint, stain, and glaze choices for cabinets, distressing options are also available such as softened corners, rub through, or worm holing.
These matching linen cabinets offer symmetry and much needed storage.
The bun feet of the cabinets coordinate with the shape of the legs on the sink.
Pairing the distressed finish of the cabinets and the old-fashioned style of the
floor tile adds character to this space.
Instead of matching your cabinets, you may want a statement piece such as an armoire, china hutch or wine bar. This wine bar features glass doors, flush toe kicks, and crown mold. Glass doors are a versatile feature with options from clear, to frosted, and even textured. They will make the space seem larger, and if you use lighting inside the cabinets, the space will be brighter. Notice how the lights behind these frosted glass doors bring warmth to the room.
The china hutch shown below was created with wall cabinets that are varied height
and depths. Visually this gives the appearance of a freestanding piece of furniture.
Adding crown mold to any piece, offers detail with a high-end look.
You are also more likely to get exactly the size you need when creating a desk or bookcase, for example. Plus you will have a piece that looks like fine furniture while having the advantages of cabinetry such as pull out trays.
A Leg Up
Time for some fancy footwork! Let’s look at the options for base cabinets that help create the look of furniture. Furniture Feet options are available for base cabinets. I’ve shown two of them below. The Tapered Foot carries on the clean lines of the cabinet doors. On the other hand (or should I say, foot), The Pedestal Corner Foot offers a more whimsical feel.
In case toe kick options are new to you, let me explain. A cabinet’s toe kick is the recessed space at the bottom of a base cabinet. It allows your foot to rest underneath the cabinet when you are standing in front of it. This is great for task oriented areas in kitchens or at vanities. However when you want your cabinets to look and feel like furniture, the flush or valence toe kicks are better options.
The flush toe kick goes straight to the floor with a place for molding to be attached. The Valence option has a specially cut space at the base of the cabinet that opens it up, allowing you to stand comfortably in front of the cabinet. The flush toe kick and the base molding gives this island a solid look while the bookcase offers a deliberate, built-in look. Notice the cabinets on the opposite wall. They have the recessed toe kick.
Turned posts can be decorative as in the picture of the sink base below. Not only do the posts create a focal point, but they give the sink base a custom look. Turned posts, also referred to as legs, can extend the workspace of an island giving it the appearance and function of a table.
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